Vault Law Editors

Vault’s Law Blog covers news and trends relating to legal careers. Law Blog contributors offer insights on the legal industry and provide career advice for law students, attorneys and JDs.

Contributors have included:

  • Brian Dalton: Brian received a JD from Fordham Law School and a BA in History from Middlebury College. Following law school, Brian worked as an associate at a New York City law firm.
  • Vera Djordjevich: Vera is currently the Director of Research & Consulting at Vault. A former litigator, she holds degrees from New York University School of Law and Stanford University.
  • Mary Kate Sheridan: Mary Kate holds a JD from Columbia Law School and a BA in English from Mary Washington College. Mary Kate is a writer, editor and attorney, who previously worked as a litigation associate at a large law firm.
  • Rachel Marx Boufford: Rachel is a recruiting and marketing professional and previously worked as a litigation associate at a large New York law firm.
    Rachel has a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Tufts University.

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Event Alert: Equal Justice Works 25th Anniversary Reception

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 13, 2011

This Thursday evening at KPMG's Park Avenue office, Equal Justice Works will celebrate its 25th year anniversary with a cocktail reception. The organization, which offers hundreds of public interest fellowships to law students and attorneys is a leader in public service. Speakers will include:Executive Director David Stern,Previous Equal Justice Works fellow Laurie Parise, who founded the youth advocacy organization Youth Represent,Equal Justice Works fellow Michael Pope, who works at Youth... Read More >

2011 Signals Bad News for Female Attorneys' Partnership Pros

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 09, 2011

It's hardly shocking news that fewer women are among law firm partnership ranks than men. But the American Lawyer is reporting that partnership prospects for women dropped even more in 2011. Based on new research from the Project for Attorney Retention ("PAR"),[I]t appears that the spread is growing -- new male partners outnumbered new female partners more than 2-to-1 this year, PAR reports. Even more discouraging is the fact that the number of promotions of women has... Read More >

Legal Job Market Down for Fourth Straight Month

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 06, 2011

This spring may have brought flowers, but unemployed lawyers probably are more interested in stomping those pretty stems than smelling them right now. According to the AmLaw Daily, May marked another month of job losses in the legal field, with 1,000 positions lost in that month alone. Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the AmLaw Daily is reporting a decrease of 2,700 legal jobs as compared to the same time last year.Attorneys may have gotten their hopes up after initial... Read More >

Outsourcing Your Legal Career

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 03, 2011

As outsourcing becomes a regular part of the landscape of the legal industry, what does that mean for legal jobs? The most obvious answer would be doom and gloom: outsourcing will rob young lawyers of the more junior, menial tasks, reducing the headcount needs of law firms.And that might be true to a degree. But perhaps with one loss comes another opportunity. With the legal outsourcing industry having raked in around $400 million last year and predicted to roll in about $2.4 billion by... Read More >

Class of 2010 Law Grads Face Dismal Job Prospects

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 01, 2011

As if the class of 2010-which has been out of law school for about a year now-needed a reminder of how depressing the legal job market has been, NALP just released its Employment Report and Salary Survey for the Class of 2010. According to NALP,[T]he overall employment rate for new law school graduates is, at 87.6%, the lowest it has been since 1996, when the rate stood at 87.4%. In addition to a lower overall employment rate than that measured for the classes that immediately... Read More >

Law Grad Sues Law School for Lack of Transparency

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 31, 2011

The push for more transparency from law schools has been more like a shove lately, with various media and organizations calling for clearer employment and salary data. But one law grad is taking it a step further: to the courts. Anna Alaburda, a 2008 graduate from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, is the named plaintiff in a class action suit against the law school.The suit-which seeks over $50 million in damages-alleges fraud; negligent misrepresentation; and violations of... Read More >

Female Lawyers: Career Track or Inevitable Mommies & Should

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 26, 2011

Last week, Vault's CSR editor Aman Singh covered Glencore Chairman Simon Murray's recent comments about hiring women-which he later retracted and apologized for-including this gem:Do you think that means when I rush out, what I'm absolutely desperate to have is young women who are about to get married in my company, and that I really need them on board because I know they're going to get pregnant and they're going to go off for nine months?Aman's post ignited a... Read More >

Vault's Legal Diversity Career Fair: Registration Open!

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 25, 2011

Hollywood, get ready because Vault is heading your way this July. We're also setting up camp in the land of khakis and politics. That's right, the Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair is back for its sixth year, and this year we're getting the west coast in on the action (allowing us not only to reach attorneys and law students across the country but perhaps also to answer the burning question of which coast really is best: east or west) by hosting the career fair in... Read More >

The Other Side of the Socratic: Tips for Pursuing a Career i

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 25, 2011

Legal academia is one of those careers that seems unreachable, both because of how competitive it is-generally requiring impeccable grades from a top school and published scholarship to even be considered-and how little information is out there on pursuing the profession. But students in the Lions' legal den are receiving valuable tools to prepare them for future careers as law professors through Columbia Law School's Careers in Law Teaching Program. According to... Read More >

6 Things to Consider When Applying to Law School

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 19, 2011

Do your research before you click the "Send" button on your law school application.This was the theme of the panel that I moderated last night at NYU on the pros and cons of law school: Should I Apply to Law School? Hosted by Stratus Prep, the panel included three attorneys and one future attorney at various stages of their careers:•Shawn O'Connor, Founder / President, Stratus Prep •Peter Samuels, Senior Partner and Co-Head M&A, Proskauer •Rebecca Gingold,... Read More >

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